Strip everything down everytime?

Discussion in 'That'll Buff Right Out' started by DonTalarico, May 8, 2006.

  1. DonTalarico

    DonTalarico New Member

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    Here's a (stupid question) I've been pondering, and have looked through a bunch of threads to no avail. Everytime you want to do a swirl remove, polish, then wax...do you do a Dawn wash to strip off the old stuff? Or just go at it with the old stuff still on? Also, for using like a Back to Black product for rubber trim and weatherstrip, do you apply it first before a wash or after, and then use a QD to clean up any overspray on the painted surfaces?

    Thanks! :wiggle:
     
  2. paul9luap

    paul9luap Boiler Up

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    I use just regular car soap, like Gold Class or NXT Wash. I know some other people on the board use QEW (Quick & Easy Wash) before they do a full exterior detail. Unless your car is a jeep/truck that just got back from mudding, I don't think you need to use DAWN, since it can really dry out your paint. A friend of mine who is a Zaino guy always uses Dawn before he details, to strip off old wax so he says, but I really don't think there is a need. I always make sure to just use a clay bar before I do an exterior detail.

    When using Back to Black, I use it after I already washed the car. After I'm done, to remove the excess that got onto the paint, I just take a microfiber towel and Quick Detailer Spritz (aka #34).
     
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  3. n2_space

    n2_space Space > *.*

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    A polish is going to strip whatever is on there, don't use dawn.
     
  4. BlazinBlazer Guy

    BlazinBlazer Guy Witness to The De-Evolution of Mankind.

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    :werd: There's no point to a Dawn wash, honestly. If you're that worried about it, wash it normally with car soap, then do a wipedown with 50/50 IPA before you start polishing. That will effectively strip anything off, too.
     
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    Scottwax Making detailing great again! Moderator

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    Words to live by! Seriously, if the polishing step is going to remove swirls, isn't it a reasonable assumption that it will also remove whatever wax or sealant is on the paint too?
     

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